Melbourne City have defeated the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park to extend their unbeaten run to four matches after goals from Riley McGree and Luke Brattan.

A late change saw Nathaniel Atkinson replace Dario Vidosic after the latter pulled up with a tight hip in the warm up, resulting in Dylan Pierias being promoted to the bench.

Unlike the last time these two sides met it was the Newcastle Jets who opened the scoring just four minutes in.

Roy O’Donovan was gifted the opener after Eugene Galekovic saw an incoming ball fly over his head after coming out of his box, allowing O’Donovan to score the easiest of goals.

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This lead was short lived as City were awarded a penalty, which was scored by Riley McGree, after Ronald Vargas handled the ball inside the box.

The situation was exacerbated for the Jets as Vargas was given his second yellow card in the process for dissent, reducing the visitos to ten men.

City took full advantage of the extra man and found themselves in front with a long-ranged Luke Brattan goal in the 32nd minute.

Tempers flared during the second half as a late Ritchie De Laet challenge on Daniel Georgevski not only sparked a melee but Georgevski who hit the post soon after with a low shot on goal.

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Despite being a man down the Jets had the better of the chances and possession in the second half but were unable to find an equaliser.

Riley McGree nearly had a second in stoppage time on the counter attack only to be denied by the post.

Melbourne City are now four games unbeaten heading into their next game against the Central Coast Mariners.

Meanwhile the loss for Newcastle means they sit four points outside the top six and travel back to AAMI Park to play Melbourne Victory in their next game.

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Melbourne City 2 (McGree 27’ P, Brattan 32’)
Newcastle Jets 1 (O’Donovan 4’)

Red Card: Ronald Vargas 25′ 

Stadium : AAMI Park
Attendance: 7368

Melbourne City: 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), , 2.Ritchie De LAET, (22.Curtis GOOD 73′), 3.Scott JAMIESON (c) , 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Riley MCGREE,13.Nathaniel ATKINSON,(21.Ramy NAJJARINE 73′), 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 19.Lachlan WALES, 26.Luke BRATTAN,(34.Connor METCALFE 80′)
Unused Substitutes: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)    36. Dylan PIERIAS

Newcastle Jets: 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN,(8.Jair 80′), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c),  6.Steven UGARKOVIC, (14.Kaine SHEPPARD 90′),7.Dimi PETRATOS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI,(22.Lachlan JACKSON 80′), 18.John KOUTROUMBIS, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY.

Unused Substitutes: 40.Noah JAMES (gk),   16.Nick COWBURN,

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Jack Morgan
Video Assistant: Craig Zetter

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